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Ulster GP: Hutchy revels in Dundrod glory

'It's nice to come here and repay the faith the team has shown in me this season. I really wanted a Superbike win today' - Ian Hutchinson.
A jubilant Ian Hutchinson says a coveted Superbike victory was his top priority as the Bingley Bullet dominated the MCE Ulster Grand Prix with a fabulous four-timer and new outright lap record.

Hutchinson took the title of 'fastest road racer in the world' as he powered to the first ever 134mph lap at Dundrod, surpassing Bruce Anstey's 2010 benchmark to set a new high of 134.089mph.

He twice got the better of Anstey, who was riding the Valvoline Padgetts Honda RC213V-S, to complete a Superbike double, smashing the lap record on his final lap of the 7.4-mile course in race two.

Hutchinson also won the Superstock race on the Tyco BMW and clinched a thrilling win in the second Supersport race on Keith Flint's Came BPT Yamaha on a memorable day for the English rider.

“It's nice to come here and repay the faith the team has shown in me this season. It's certainly satisfying to remain unbeaten in the international Superstock class this year, which shows the quality and strength of the TAS Racing prepared S1000RR package, but I really wanted a Superbike win today,” Hutchy said.

“The conditions were far from perfect in that second Superbike race – certainly not as good as they were back in 2010 when the record was originally set – but the Tyco BMW is an amazing bike. I saw the green lights on my dash, so I knew I was on a personal best lap, and knew we wouldn't be far away.

“The world's fastest road racer title is great for me and for Tyco BMW and of course BMW Motorrad and the S1000RR,” he added. “I'm delighted that I remained unbeaten in the 1000cc races today and the Tyco BMW boys can take as much credit for that as I can. They've been simply superb to work with all year.”

Hutchinson had to play second fiddle to Michael Dunlop in the big international Superbike races this year, twice finishing as the runner-up in the Superbike and Senior races at the Isle of Man TT.

However, he turned the tables on his fierce rival on Saturday to end the main international season on high, with Dunlop having to settle for third in both Superbike races on his Hawk Racing BMW.

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August 15, 2016 1:33 PM

Hutchinson will be on another level at next year's TT, another 5 wins in a row would not surprise me! Hutchy is only getting faster with the BMW Superbike and he is untouchable on the R6! And he whooped everyone everywhere on the Stocker. Over 134 mph lap of the Ulster grand! Congrats Ian, must be a great feeling after coming back from his horrendous injuries of 2010 to be crowned the fastest road racer on the planet.

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